These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

25-Dealing with Unrepresented People

58-Real Estate Lawyers

63-Lawyers Acting as Corporate Officers or Directors

A lawyer representing a lender who sends documents to the borrower for signature should advise the borrower that the lawyer is representing the lender. Because the lawyer should not give any legal advice to non-clients, the lawyer is not required to advise the borrower of the opportunity to purchase title insurance. If the lawyer is to represent the borrower and lender, the lawyer must advise the borrower (and obtain the borrower's consent) if the lawyer serves on the lender's board of directors. If the lawyer represents both the borrower and lender, the lawyer should advise the borrower about the availability of title insurance.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn